Corruption at city’s Office of Buildings
Lost-N-Found Youth first announced plans for the facility in Feb. 2014, with plans to open by that November. But that goal didn’t come anywhere close to fruition due to the city’s dysfunctional Office of Buildings.
“I had no idea what we’d have to go through with this,” says Lost-N-Found Youth executive director Rick Westbrook. “It’s been killing me to have this sit.”
The Office of Buildings did not respond to a request for comment by press time, but Creative Loafing reported on March 7 that five employees at the office had been fired following a two-year investigation that uncovered instances of creating fraudulent building permits, accepting bribes and other violations.
Another part of the delay was the fact that Lost-N-Found Youth was renovating an old facility instead of building from the ground up.
“We had to open up walls and get structural engineers in here to make sure it’s